Acupuncture for constipation
Constipation is infrequent or hard to pass stools. The stools are often hard and dry. It can affect men and women of all ages.
People often have other symptoms including stomach pain, lower abdominal pain, bloating and feeling as if you haven't gone completely. Bowel movements per week are reduced to just a couple of times. A normal bowel movement frequency should be 1-2 times a day.
People can sometimes develop complications from constipation including haemorrhoids or anal fissures.
Treatment for constipation
The easiest way to treat constipation is to make changes to your diet. Cut out gluten (bread and pasta) and eat more fibre from vegetables and less meat. Eat more nuts and seeds and drink more water.
In traditional Chinese medicine, constipation can be caused by poor diet, emotional upset and a weak digestive system.
Acupuncture treatment can relieve constipation. In research using sham acupuncture, people who received stimulation on actual acupuncture points showed an improved frequency of bowel movements in those suffering from constipation.
For those suffering from chronic severe functional constipation, Chinese herbal medicine can be used, which are a stronger form of treatment than acupuncture.References
Lee H. (2018). Efficacy and safety of acupuncture for functional constipation: a randomised, sham-controlled pilot trial. BMC Complement Altern Med. 18(1):186. doi: 10.1186/s12906-018-2243-4.